Sweden becomes smoke-free, paralyzed man walks again, toilets as a key to progress

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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, Sweden becomes a “smoke-free” nation, a brain implant helps a paralyzed man walk again and the construction of millions of toilets helps countries like India to progress in many different areas.

Sweden on its way to becoming a smoke-free nation

By offering alternatives, utilizing tobacco control and educating citizens, Sweden is well on its way to achieving the goal of less than 5% of the adult population smoking.

Source: Euronews

Paralyzed man walks again thanks to electronic brain implants

A Swiss-developed algorithm helps “translate” and amplify a Dutch man’s brain signals, helping him regain the use of his legs after he was paralyzed in a cycling accident twelve years ago.

Source: BBC

Meningitis vaccine passes trials successfully

Meningitis, which kills over two-hundred thousand people a year, might now be curtailed, as a new NmCV-5 vaccine has been found effective in limiting the disease.

Source: the Guardia

Mississippi reading curriculum overhaul massively successful

After being dead last in a number of fields, Mississippi overhauled how reading was approached at schools and preschools, identifying people with difficulties and giving those kids more support.

Source: AP News

Investments in solar power exceed oil investments for first time

For the first time ever, global investments in solar energy have topped investments in oil, as the world transitions away from fossil fuel energy. Over the last decade, investments in solar power have tripled, while oil investments are down by half.

Source: Financial Times

Serbia successfully entices gun owners to turn into weapons

Instead of fighting gun owners, Serbia used dialogue, amnesty and understanding to get them to give up their weapons, following two mass shootings, a lesson other nations with similar issues could learn from.

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Women decision-makers can improve conservation and agriculture

The study, published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment, aimed to look at the effectiveness of paying farmers monetary incentives to protect the environment but found that such payments are not necessarily reliable; more reliable are women’s decision-making roles.

Source: Monga Bay

Somaliland women smell success as frankincense business takes off

Jaamac is the chairperson of a new frankincense sorting collective called Beeyo Maal, which empowers about 280 women to run their own businesses in the male-dominated frankincense industry. “Now, we are in charge and we have got the freedom to run our business,” said Jaamac, who is also one of the founding members.

Source: The Guardian

“Biochar” may be the carbon-removal solution of the future

Made from wood chips, manure, leaves and even coffee husks, biochar can remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it for a thousand years. If used at scale, around 12% of the world’s emissions could be “captured.”

Source: Reasons to be Cheerful

A regenerative farming system to beat world hunger

Uganda is building “epicenters,” which educate thousands on resilient, sustainable and regenerative farming methods. People then form communal farms and even organize other amenities like banks, nurseries, schools and even medical facilities.

Source: Reasons to be Cheerful

#33: Why toilets are a key to progress

When thinking about global development, toilets are not the first thing that comes to mind. But facilitating access to toilets for everyone has surprising benefits in various areas. In our new podcast episode, Sarika Saluja from the World Toilet Organization explains why universal access to toilets is much more important than we’d think.

Source: Squirrel News

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